An excellent ending to an excellent series. I am not sure if it is because I live in "Amish Country" or the idea of living a Plain life fascinates me,...more An excellent ending to an excellent series. I am not sure if it is because I live in "Amish Country" or the idea of living a Plain life fascinates me, but I loved this series! Beverly Lewis again proves that she is a master author. I couldn't tear myself away from this book! I am so happy with how the stories ended- the entire series was tied up neatly, leaving no storyline unanswered.
I thought the characters really stayed true to themselves the entire way through the book. Sometimes with a series- the characters can become a parody of themselves. As a reader, that can be disheartening. The author did a great job keeping the story engaging and nail biting. I honestly wasn't sure how it would turn out for Rose and Hen.
If you haven't read the Rose Trilogy yet- I would highly suggest it. It is a fun look into the Amish community.(less)
I thoroughly enjoyed this book. I expected more of the book to be about Clara and Helga's walk to New York, but that seemed to only be about the first...moreI thoroughly enjoyed this book. I expected more of the book to be about Clara and Helga's walk to New York, but that seemed to only be about the first third of the book (meaning on the first third involved Clara, Helga, and their family). The rest of the book spans Clara's remaining life and talking about her journey beyond her family.
I thought that the characters in this book were well developed and the plot was paced well. I felt very sorry for Clara- she never seemed to have any good happen to her. This is definitely not a book to read if you are looking for a light and fluffy book. The author deals with Clara's family problems in an honest and refreshing way. It was downright painful for some pages of the book. Read this book- you will absolutely enjoy it. (less)
*****WARNING****** This review WILL contain spoilers. I will try to be as vague as possible with details, but if you do not want spoilers- please don'...more*****WARNING****** This review WILL contain spoilers. I will try to be as vague as possible with details, but if you do not want spoilers- please don't read this!
I have a theory. You see, I just finished Pandemonium ten minutes ago and couldn't stop thinking about it. I NEEDED to get my thoughts down on paper. This doesn't happen very often with book reviews. My theory is this: the Delirium trilogy is similar to a puzzle. In the first book, Lena is docile, weak, and meek. In this book, Lena is the exact opposite- hard, cold, and most of all ... angry. You can see this in the covers to the books- in the first, the colors are blue. The model is wide eyed and innocent looking. On the cover for Pandemonium- the model is fierce, picking the reader apart with her angry glare. The colors are orange, red, and the plants give the model a wild look to her.
Some may find this off-putting. Lena's personality seems to have made a complete 180 degree turn. But if you look at the big picture (and if my theory is correct), you can't look at one book without the other. This trilogy seems to be Lena's path to becoming a complete person. A person who has a balance of strong with weak, passion with common sense, and calmness with ferocity. A complete person. Delirium and Pandemonium are those complete opposites- and I really believe book three will be the book that ties them together.
As for the book itself, Lauren Oliver did a fantastic job! At first, I was bothered with how different Lena seemed since the last book (understandably so, but still?). About halfway through the book, I realized- Lena still doesn't have it figured out yet. She will, but she is still struggling to find a balance between the "wild" and the "order" in herself.
Yes, there is a second love interest, and yes he is important, but I don't really think that that is what Pandemonium is really about. Pandemonium is more about Lena's journey and how far into "wild" she is willing to go.
I hope you will all read this book when it comes out- and when you do get a chance to read it, hop back here and let me know if you agree with me. I, personally, can't wait for the third book. I applaud the author for her complex story lines and most of all- for making me think about what makes up a "good" person.(less)
What else is there to say? Put this review down, open up a new tab (Amazon, Barnes and Noble, whatever) and BUY THIS BOOK. I couldn't put it down! I r...moreWhat else is there to say? Put this review down, open up a new tab (Amazon, Barnes and Noble, whatever) and BUY THIS BOOK. I couldn't put it down! I read making dinner, feeding my son, cleaning, pretty much everything but sleeping! Avry is such an interesting character and the author really makes her come alive from the start of the story. The characters are really what make this book- they are so full, so complete- I really feel like I know them and have come to have strong feelings about them. You will hate Kerrick at first (as I did), but somehow, he will slowly work his way into your heart.
Maria V Snyder is one of my favorite authors, but she is going to have a very hard time improving from this book. She has set the bar high for this series, and I am so very glad she wrote it!
Now stop reading this and go pre-order the book already!
Nun Assassins- need I say more? Grave Mercy follows the story of Ismae as she grows and develops as a handmaiden for death. Given the summary above, y...more Nun Assassins- need I say more? Grave Mercy follows the story of Ismae as she grows and develops as a handmaiden for death. Given the summary above, you would think that most of this story takes place in the convent- I would say the summary for Goodreads covers the first eighth of the book.
Rachel LaFevers is a fantastic writer. The idea of being an assassin and an assassin in the high court of Brittany has a few paths it could take- it could be full of smut and bed hopping (bodice ripper), it could be all action and get pretty gruesome, but the author steers expertly away from both of these paths. She uses innuendos and hinting passion and writes her assassinations in a way that isn't as gruesome as it is calculated like a puzzle.
I have to say, Rachel LaFevers is an author to watch. I would compare Ismae and the flow of Grave Mercy to the works of Maria V Snyder and Tamora Pierce (or even Robin McKinley). This is a historical fantasy book that is hefty. It moves slowly, meticulously winding all parts of the story together to make a complete and action packed ending. If you are looking for instant love or a book that rushes to get in as much action as possible- this is not the book to read. The author takes her time and makes the reader anticipate what will happen. (As a side warning, I will mention, although the events in Ismae's life go quickly in the first few chapters, i did struggle with them- but after getting to the high court the book REALLY takes off!)
I am looking forward to reading the next books in this series. I can't wait to see what happens to the main characters, and even the side characters that I have grown to enjoy!(less)
So sweet! The story is a clever play on words. I love that it is an elephant. The book is simple enough for my 3 year old to love but teaches him more...moreSo sweet! The story is a clever play on words. I love that it is an elephant. The book is simple enough for my 3 year old to love but teaches him more complex vocabulary and he doesn't even realize it. Big hit in our house!(less)
I adored this book! I read the ending three times, and really didn't want to send it back to Jen from Banned Book tours. This was such a fabulous book...moreI adored this book! I read the ending three times, and really didn't want to send it back to Jen from Banned Book tours. This was such a fabulous book! I love a story with a epic romance, good versus evil, and a storyline that is almost fairy-tale like. It is so refreshing to read one that isn't full of immensely flawed characters (where I wonder if I can even route for them), bad boy romances where the bad boy is literally hurting the main character (but he is just troubled, so she loves him more?), and books that are so complex I wonder if I will ever figure them out.
The Mephisto Covenant is a tale of good versus evil, dark versus light, with a wonderful love story added in. I loved the relationship between Sasha and Jax. I loved that he was so kind and gentle with her- even though he was supposed to be this "bad boy." Thank you! Thank you for making a male character believable! I thought it was incredibly romantic that he was after her heart and NOT her body.
I loved the characters in this book- and I loved the "bad" characters. I found myself tearing through this book, wondering what would happen next. The ending blew me away!
If you haven't read this book yet- go read it. Don't compare it to other books (I'm looking at you Hush Hush and Fallen), because although they are similar the fact that they deal with heaven and hell- that is where the comparing of the two should end. Sasha and Jax have a truly special relationship- and one that I hope many readers will get to enjoy!(less)
Alone Yet Not Alone is the engaging story of two sisters that is set in my own area. I grew up in the Appalachian mountains of Pennsylvania. Our area...more Alone Yet Not Alone is the engaging story of two sisters that is set in my own area. I grew up in the Appalachian mountains of Pennsylvania. Our area is rich with history of the 1700s and 1800s. I was constantly surrounded by historical stories and local lore. I was instantly attracted to this novel because it was set in Pennsylvania. It is story that is familiar to the area but I hadn't heard this specific tale before.
Alone Yet not Alone is a Middle Grade book and is less than 150 pages. It was a fast read- even the youngest middle grade readers will be able to read this quickly. It has a simple vocabulary and easy to understand dialogue. The plot line was simplified (I found myself wanting more as an adult, but it would be absolutely appropriate for the age group it was written. ) The book is action packed and does not spend much time info-dumping or describing the details of what the characters wore or did. I enjoyed reading about what happened to Barbara and her faith in God.
Alone Yet not Alone will be released as a movie later this spring. I am eagerly looking forward to watching the movie- I encourage anyone with middle grade readers, or someone interested in the French and Indian war to pick up this short and fascinating historical tale! (less)
Oh wow! This book was fantastic. I am admittedly am a huge fan of Xmen and have been since I was a kid. This book was so reminiscent of an Xmen story...moreOh wow! This book was fantastic. I am admittedly am a huge fan of Xmen and have been since I was a kid. This book was so reminiscent of an Xmen story that I couldn't put it down. This book didn't stop- the action was constant. I found myself saying, "I will go to bed at the next slow part, I will go to bed at the next slow part." Three hours later I had finished the book and hadn't found a slow part!
We don't get to know a huge amount about Zel and Dyl's backstory, but it is slowly unfurled throughout the novel (and we don't get to know everything. Zel's dad is killed at the beginning of the book and they are separated at the foster home placement office. Dyl is put with a family made of teens who have mutations and powers. Dyl is taken somewhere similar but much more sinister. Dyl spends the book trying to rescue her sister.
I enjoyed the romance in this story and that the "bad guys" were clearly bad without any desire for redemption. I found the end to be painful and I can't wait to find out what happens to some of the characters.
There is one character, who went from the creepiest one to the one I enjoyed the most. (I wish I could give more details than that, but it is a spoiler.
All in all, if you are a fan of the Xmen series- then you will be a fan of this book! It seems to be a little under the radar, but it was so so excellent. (less)